“While he was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of a man known as Simon the Leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on his head” (Mark 14:3).
I was asked by God one day, “Do you really want to part with the things you ascribe value to – the secret treasures you have hidden away in your heart? Are you willing to utilize them as an offering to Me, a freewill sacrifice to be poured out?”
It was a question I had to take some time to ponder. I was sure it is one that anyone would have to step back and take a moment before answering. How was I to prepare myself to search my heart and mind for secrets I had chosen to put away? It is not like I just sat around waiting with bated breath to answer such probing questions.
We all have private memories – for our eyes only – and experiences that we believe are best left untouched. We treat them like wine, which gets better with time. We safeguard them from any outside influence. We sit alone to pull them out. Like family photos, we caress them and revisit the experience. At times, our souls ache at the painful recollection. The weight of those heart-rending betrayals seem to be too much to stand under, yet they are our memories, and we hold onto them. The reel continues to spin as the tears fall. Our spirits are screaming for release, and God is standing by with the healing salve; yet, we hold onto them.
I had to ask myself, “How is God getting the glory out of my life when I’m holding onto my past? How does it benefit Him to have me hurt in private, allowing my grief to remain bottled up? Does He want me to remain unforgiving and subsequently become bitter? Is it beneficial for me to “act” delivered in public while in bondage when I am alone?” (I am reminded of Philippians 3:13: “I do not consider, brethren, that I have captured and made it my own [yet]; but one thing I do [it is my aspiration]; forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead.” God was calling me to empty my storages and allow Him to fill them. He wanted me to break my boxes and pour the contents out before Him.
There is always pain in breaking. There may be some fear attached with letting go of what seems to be ingrained in us. Let us speak this truth – “God is a mender of broken hearts and a repairer of shattered dreams.” God does not allow broken pieces to remain fragmented and scattered. Remember, Jesus commanded the disciples to pick up the broken pieces that remained after He fed the multitude in John 6:12: “When they had all had enough, He said to His disciples, Gather up now the fragments (the broken pieces that are left over) so that nothing may be lost or wasted.” God is sure to do the same for you and me as we offer up the contents of our alabaster box.
Will you disrupt the hold that the adversary seeks to have over your mind and offer your thoughts and fears to God? Will you allow yourself to open up your past, which is filled with hurt and pain? God is standing by, waiting for you to bless Him and trust that He will not allow any pieces to remain on the ground. The cares of this world, being poured out like that precious ointment, is what He is looking to receive from you.
Are you willing to break open your alabaster jar?
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